Amber and I had originally planned to visit Estes Park on Saturday but schedules got complicated and we decided to make it a Sunday afternoon instead. Of course, with Denver in the Super Bowl, it seemed we were the only people IN Estes Park!
First stop was lunch!
And then we headed for the Stanley to check out the baby hedge maze that's been completed but is only about knee high so far. I'm still not sure what safeguards they've put in place to keep the elk from munching through them, but perhaps they are bitter tasting plants?
the whole complex is set to expand over the coming years. The first project, aside from the maze, is the tiered parking lot up front that's got a new set of stairs and quite a lot of construction fencing going up.
The other jarring look was the emptiness of the lobby! All the couches and chairs had been removed from around the two fireplaces.
But that appeared to be just for today, as they'd all been congregated in the Dining Room for the Superbowl Party set to start later that afternoon:
It looks like the Music Room's floor might be getting prepped for some renovation, as well.
The view from the porch of the growing hedge maze
it was really windy, and the maze required navigating some slushy and snowy passages, but here we are in the middle of it, with Amber deciding, while we can, we should just cheat and step over.
orange and blue everywhere
When we reemerged and headed for the car, we found a pretty nice sized herd of elk on the grounds.
The Stanley from across the lake:
We stopped in at the Colorado Cherry Company for pie and coffee before making our way back.
As we approached Boulder in the dusk, the sky started dancing with color.
Just before the sky went dark, we were at Golden and the big M for School of Mines was lighting up.
And I managed to get in right at halftime and watch the excitement of a home team win from a couple of guys who actually cared about the game.